Manchester United & Arsenal dealt blow in £23m French star chase

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Manchester United and Arsenal's hopes of signing Yohan Cabaye appear to have been ended with just days remaining of the January transfer window, after reports suggested that a bid from Paris Saint-Germain for the playmaker had been accepted.

According to The Daily Mail, Newcastle have accepted an offer of £23 million for the French international after initially seeing an offer of around £14 million rejected earlier on this week.

28-year-old Cabaye arrived in the Premier League team after joining Newcastle from Ligue 1 outfit Lille back in 2011. He has flourished at St. James' Park, playing a crucial role in the centre of Alan Pardew's vibrant midfield unit.

Such impressive form has seen the player extensively linked with a move away from Tyneside, however. Rumblings of a potential departure first began during the last window, with Premier League rivals Arsenal said to have had a bid of £10 million rejected for his services - a move that proved very unpopular with Pardew.

Such a move ultimately failed, however, but reports this month had seemed to suggest that league leaders Arsenal were still interested in a move for Cabaye as Arsene Wenger seeks to strengthen his side ahead of a gruelling finish to the 2013/14 campaign.

Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Newcastle's biggest star during the current transfer window, with reports even suggesting that David Moyes' side were considering a bid of their own in the final days of the January window.

Manchester United's recent purchase of Spanish international playmaker Juan Mata from rivals Chelsea appears to have infinitely lightened the previously dark and dour mood around Old Trafford, but it is unclear if Moyes will be able to add any more to his squad before the window slams shut on Friday night.

Cabaye, at least, looks out of reach for both Manchester United and Arsenal unless something drastic happens to impact on PSG's bid.

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